July 2008

24% Doctors Treat 76% Rural Population

The Medical Education Minister Ramachandregowda said that 950 more MBBS seats have been added this year.

He was speaking after participating in the World Doctors' Day programme organised by Mukhyaprana Cultural Academy at Dr. Shivarathri Rajendra Bhavana in JSS Hospital premises, here on Friday. Out of the 950 additional seats, 725 would be filled through CET and the rest of the seats would be filled up by private colleges, he said. Only about 24% of the doctors are treating 76% of the people who live in villages and 74% doctors are treating 35% of the people living in urban areas. We should express our gratitude to the doctors serving in rural areas, he said.

There is only one doctor for 1,731 people and as such permission has been given to start more medical colleges. It has now become common among the people in the world that doctors are agents of death and only mint money. But such a bad situation has not yet arrived in our country and it would not be a surprise if this 'culture' also entered our country, he added. The doctors in the past used to thoroughly check the patients and they created a self-confidence in them, he said and resented that the present day doctors are not behaving in a fare manner with the patients under the guise of various tests.

Public health has been included as a fundamental service in the 47th column of the Indian Constitution and as such, the doctors should behave in a friendly manner with the patients. The present day food articles contains poisonous substances and hence the doctors, in addition to treating the patients should advise them about food consumption. Today, we are observing Dr. B.C. Roy's birthday as doctors day and Dr. Roy was a doctor, Social Worker as well as a politician. He was a punctual man despite his various political engagements, he said and added that one should learn about punctuality from him.

Super Laws

The doctors have been increasingly attacked over the years out of misunderstanding and the government would bring a super law to prevent this, he said. This law would be presented during the next Budget session and the doctors would get protection as criminal case can be booked against those assaulting persons. The serial blasts that occurred in Bangalore is condemnable and the Government has enough strength to act against those who disturb peace and communal harmony and also arrest the terrorists, he said.

Dr. B.N. Jayaram, Sex change Sugeon; Dr. P. Haridas Upadya, Cardiologist; Dr. Rueben Prakash, Dr. Doddanarayanappa, Dr. D. Thimmaiah and Dr. T.S. Bharadwajan were felicitated by presenting Vaidyabhushan' award on this occasion. Sri Sommeshwaranatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Mutt, former Mayor Vasu, CFTRI Director Dr. V. Prakash and Academy President M.N. Venkatesh were present.

AIDS Awareness Train Arrives in City

The Red Ribbon Express, which is touring the country to create awareness against HIV/AIDS, arrived in the city today. The seven-bogey train which includes an exhibition about HIV/AIDS awareness was inaugurated by the CM's Parliamentary Secretary S.A. Ramdas at the city railway station. MLAs Tanveer Sait, H.S. Shankaralinge Gowda, MLC Siddaraju, KHB Chairman G.T.Devegowda, ZP President Latha Siddashetty and offcials were present. The exhibition is jointly organised by the District Administration, Zilla Panchayat, Health and Family Welfare Department under the aegis of National AIDS Organisation, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, State AIDS Prevention Society and UNICEF.

The exhibition is open for public from 9 am to 7 pm from today till July 29. In Bogey numbers 1,2 and 3, exhibition of books on HIV/AIDS is arranged. Bogey No.4 consists of an auditorium for counselling about HIV/AIDS where 60 people can be accommodated. Bogey No.5 consists of five units for personal counselling and medical services. Of these four are reserved for personal counselling whereas the other two are being used for conducting various tests including Sexully Transmitted Infections (STI). Bogey No.6 houses a cultural troupe. Arrangements are made to accommodate 50 artistes. In Bogey No.7, Office and Dining Hall are located. The train will be in the city for three days. There are two Red Ribbon buses also which carry cultural troupes to rural areas and various parts of city who stage street plays on AIDS awareness. In Mysore city, the cultural troupe members started their compaign at 10 am at Railway Station. They also perform at Halladakeri-12.30 pm, Gandhi Sqaure at 3.30 pm. Tomorrow they perform at 10.30 am near Olympia Talkies, Bata Showroom at 12.30 pm and Devaraja Market at 3.30 pm. On July 29, the troupe will perform at City Bus Stand at 10 am, Palace premises at 12.30 pm and K.R.Circle, at 3.30 pm. Another bus will be visiting taluks in the district. The artistes will perform today at T.Narasipura and Nanjangud. Tomorrow the troupe will perform at K.R.Nagar Bus Stand 12.30 pm and Periyapatna Bus stand at 4 pm.

On July 29, the artistes will perform at Hunsur at 10 am and H.D.Kote at 4 pm.

RAF Cleans Up Hospital Premises

The Rapid Action Force (RAF), which earns compliments from the public for swift operations during periods of crisis, attracted the attention of the public on Saturday, by cleaning up the premises of K.R. Hospital.

These 100 RAF personnel who arrived in the city from Coimbatore on July 19, in order to carry out a survey on the social conditions in the district, have already conducted a survey in H.D. Kote, Hunsur and Nanjan-gud taluks, including the city and prepared a review report on the social conditions prevailing here. The RAF in its report has analysed the actions that its personnel would have to take in case of communal violence and other clashes and has also collected information about the type of clashes that may occur in different places across the district.

The personnel who have completed this survey, visited the K.R. Hospital and expressed their willingness to undertake social work. They cleaned up the K.R. Hospital premises after obtaining permission from the Hospital Superintendent Dr. Geetha Avadhani. The RAF personnel cleaned up the heap of garbage collected beside the cycle stand of the Hospital and also paved way for the flow of rain water that used to collect in the premises.

They also cleaned up the park located in the Hospital premises and removed the weeds. The personnel were shown sympathy by the public, for their cleaning of the premises without wearing gloves, old clothes, gumboots etc. Fear of bomb: The citizens of Mysore who are gripped in fear over the serial blasts that took place in Bangalore, anxiously watched the RAF personnel cleaning up the hospital premises, anticipating that they were on the look out for bombs.

The people standing beside the road were heard talking that the military personnel had come here to search for bombs. By this, it can be ascertained that the Bangalore serial blasts have made a serious impact on the minds of the people here also. This cleaning-up operation was carried out under the leadership of Assistant Commandant P.S. Rawat, Second in Command B.A.K. Chourasia, Inspector Devakani and about 90 personnel.

K R Hospital staff throws patient in forest

In a heart-rending incident, a patient was allegedly thrown to the forest by the staff of K.R. Hospital. It is stated that Shekar (23), a resident of Melukote in Mandya district, was admitted to K.R. Hospital for treatment due to illness. He was thrown out of the hospital by the staff thrice and was re-admitted following pressure from the Union Associations.

But now, three staff allegedly took Shekar in an ambulance to a forest area 25 kms away from city and threw him in the forest between Mahadevapura and Melapura villages in the jurisdiction of Srirangapatna taluk, Mandya district. They also placed stale food near him. The shepherdess who heard him wailing stopped a few passersby and informed the matter. Some youth followed the ambulance in vain. The villagers, on learning about the incident, arrived at the spot and tried to provide assistance to the ailing patient.

Dr. Devaraju, who owns a clinic in the same village, was called for providing treatment to him. Later, the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists also visited Shekar and consoled him. As it started raining, the Vedike workers spread the Vedike banner on him. Former MLA Vijayalakshmi Bandisiddegowda and Arakere PSI M.C. Chikkaraju visited the spot. The village youth Naga, Jagadish, Satish, Shashidhar, Yashwanth and others provided assistance to the victim.

"Sir, don’t send me to hospital. Please take me to my mother-in-law’s house in Banashankari," begged Shekar with folded hands, with the people who came to rescue him. Shekar, who has been victimised for the third time at the hands of the hospital staff, had been thrown out of the hospital two times in the past and literally doesn’t want to see the hospital staff anymore. "Three people brought me here in a van with a buzzing sound, saying they will be taking me home. They placed me here and went away promising to return in a short while," he said with tears.

"My Madam Dr. Geetha Avadhani looked after me very well. She had given me a bed-sheet. But the workers took it away. They gave me stale rice and curry," explained the victim Shekar.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists staged a protest in front of K.R. Hospital last evening against the inhuman act of throwing a patient into the forest. The enraged protestors entered the office of the Hospital Administrative Officer and expressed their anger over the incident. They alleged that the doctors have been providing treatment only to the patients, who are paying them the fees and not for the poor patients. On June 19, the patient Shekar, who was thrown out in the garden of the hospital, was re-admitted with the help of Journalists. When he was thrown out again for the second time, KRV activists protested and admitted Shekar to the hospital. However, now the protestors have urged for the dismissal of the staff involved in this heinous act.

The protestors also urged to convene a meeting in this regard. Dr. Vijayakumar assured to hold a meeting today. District President of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike M. Mohankumargowda led the protestors. Organising Secretary Ravigowda, activists Umesh, Purushottam, Kitty and more than 50 others participated in the protest.

Dr. Avadhani ignorant

Meanwhile, K.R. Hospital Superintendent Dr. Geetha Avadhani expressed ignorance over the incident as she was away in Bangalore on official duty. When Star of Mysore contacted her, she said that she would look into the incident and take necessary action against the accused.

Scientific talk on diabetes

Dr. Geetha Bhat, Endocrinologist, Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, will speak on 'Newer trends in the management of diabetes mellitus' in the scientific lecture programme organised by the Indian Medical Association, Mysore Branch, at IMA House on New Sayyaji Rao Road, on July 19 at 8 pm.

EVICTION OF ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES ABANDONED

The K.R. Hospital premises witnessed a high drama for some time this morning when the Traffic Police personnel began evicting vehicles parked in the parking lot and abandoned the operation midway. It all started with the Nalla-ppattana Traffic Police personnel rushing to the spot along with Tiger (a vehicle which transports seized vehicles to Police Stations) and began loading the two-wheelers, which were parked there into the Tiger.

The Police personnel had shifted 16 two-wheelers to the premises of Nallappattana Police Station under the supervision of Asst. Sub-Inspector Nagaraju when the operation had to be abandoned as Inspector Ramachandra appeared on the scene. There were about 150 two-wheelers, 20 cars, 8 auto-rickshaws and push carts parked in the parking lot.

The operation was carried out following a complaint from the Hospital Superintendent Dr. Geetha Avadhani that the parking lot was being misused. She had alleged that those travelling to Bangalore and out stations were parking their vehicles illegally and take them after their return late in the night.

The Superintendent argued that the parking lot was meant only for the visitors, relatives of the patients and staff, that too between 7 am and 7 pm. Meanwhile, Babu, who had taken the lot on contract on 18.3.2004 for a period of one year, has moved the court where the case is pending. He has given it on sub-lease to one Raju.

Sub-Inspector Ramachandra, who staged the operation, told the Superintendent that they cannot seize the vehicles, as the owners did not know that it was not meant for others. The contractor had given them the tokens. Moreover, the case was still pending in the Court.